In the book Saturnalia, Macrobius has the character Praetextatus speak the following words:
It is permissible for me to reveal the great origin of the Saturnalia – not the origin that touches on the secret nature of the divinity, but the one that is spoken of with an admixture of legendary elements or is revealed to all sundry by the physical scientists. Telling the secret account that flows from the pure source of truth is forbidden even in the very midst of the rites, and if someone learns them, he is commanded to keep them hidden within his heart. Accordingly, our friend Horus will be allowed to review with me the things that may be known.
[Ibid, page 73]
With these words, Macrobius reveals to us that the worship of Saturn was then, as it is now, cloaked in a garb of secrecy. Like Freemasonry, those who are newly initiated are plied with legends which serve as a substitute for the truth. Only as one advances to the level of an adept, proving their loyalty, is the “pure source of truth” unveiled before their eyes. We observe this process in Freemasonry as only those who attain to the highest degrees are informed that the true god of the lodge is Lucifer. Albert Pike, a man skilled in the arcane knowledge of Masonry, and who held the position of Supreme Commander of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in North America, wrote the following.
The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry…
Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….
The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…
[Source: Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, Published 1871]
Albert Pike confessed to the “Princes of Masonry” that their true god is Lucifer, and their doctrines are Luciferian.
That which we must say to the crowd is – We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.
To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General [of the 33rd degree], we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.
If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay, the God of the Christians, whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?
Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive…
Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.
[A.C. De La Rive, La Femme et L’enfant dans La Franc-Maconnerie Universelle (Women and Children in Universal Freemasonry), Page 588 ]
Albert Pike’s words regarding the “mysteries” of Freemasonry echo the words written by Macrobius 1,500 years earlier. Satan/Lucifer continues to be worshiped by men such as Albert Pike in secret, while immensely greater numbers of men are led to embrace the forms of Satan worship unwittingly as they are lied to about the origins and meanings of the rites and symbols they are embracing. An hour is at hand when Satan, the great dragon and serpent of old, will be worshiped openly by the citizens of this world.
And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast…
In preparation of that coming hour, men, women, and children are being plied with an increasing flood of Satanic symbols.
An endless list of examples could be provided from television, movies, video games, magazines, billboards, books, etc., demonstrating the pervasiveness of the symbols and rites of Satanic worship which are conditioning humanity to accept the overt worship of “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and “the god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4). It would be difficult to find a Christian home today that does not have a multitude of these symbols present. Indeed, it is difficult to separate oneself from these images of Satan worship even if one has a mind to do so.
What family does not own at least one iPhone, iPod, iPad, iMac, or some other product sold by Apple Computer. The logo of an apple with a bite out of it points directly to Satan’s great triumph over mankind in the Garden of Eden. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak priced their first computer, the Apple 1 for $666.66. The rainbow coloring of the original logo also resembles the rainbow symbol adopted by the homosexual movement. Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook is an admitted homosexual. Apple was ranked as the most valuable company in the world in 2014. Satan rewards those people and companies who will bow down and worship him.
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
The entire world is being guided swiftly to the place where they will worship Satan openly. To condition humanity to embrace Satan worship, they are being subjected to Luciferian rites and symbols until they are accepted as normal. We can tell that the plans of the god of this world are maturing as we observe ever more overt manifestations of Satan worship. The veil is being removed. Super Bowl XLVI featured Madonna and Cee Lo Green performing a Black Mass during the half-time show which lasted for thirteen minutes.
Indeed, every world class championship sporting event, including the World Cup of Soccer and the Olympics, have become showcases of Satanic rites and symbols. Similarly, the awards shows for actors and musicians are being used to unveil to the world the worship of Lucifer. At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Katy Perry sang her song Dark Horse as she mimicked performing black magic. The song Dark Horse has been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube. One posting alone has more than 823 million views. Recent years have also seen entertainers such as Nicki Minaj performing overtly Satanic acts as in the example of the 2012 Grammy’s where she sang Roman Holiday.
Yet Satan has paid especial attention to corrupting the people of Yahweh. He has expended great effort in introducing to both Jews and Christians the symbols and rites of his own worship. He has done so in a veiled manner, for as Albert Pike declared, Satan “uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….” Christians and Jews alike are deemed unworthy of knowing the true meaning of the rites and symbols foisted upon them. Those who are worshipers of Yahweh and His Son Yahshua are deemed to be deficient in both reason and understanding. Therefore, Satan gives to them “a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason.”
A growing number of Christians are become educated regarding the unclean spiritual elements of Christmas and Easter. I trust that this present writing is helping some to perceive the Satanic origins of the festival known as Hanukkah. Both Hanukkah and Christmas are adaptations of the Roman Saturnalia. The subtlety and cunning of the devil is evident in that he has led multitudes of Christians to embrace as their highest holy days two celebrations that are idolatrous. Christmas is nothing more than the worship of Saturn/Satan promoted to Christians as a celebration of the birth of God’s Son. Easter still bears the name of the pagan goddess of fertility whom it honors. Easter is a Germanic form of the Babylonian Ishtar. In the Old Testament we read of the Israelites worshiping this pagan goddess under the names Astarte and Ashtoreth.
Unlike the other gods worshiped by the Romans, the statue of Saturn that resided in his temple at the base of the Capitoline hill was draped in a veil. The image introducing this chapter shows Saturn veiled while holding his accompanying sickle. The image was found painted on a wall of that wicked Roman city, Pompeii. The city of Pompeii, along with the city of Herculaneum, fell under Yahweh’s judgment in similar fashion as the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah two millennia earlier. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., both of these Roman cities were buried in fiery ash and pumice, and smothered with suffocating heat and gases, killing the inhabitants almost instantly. The cities were buried, frozen in time. They have been a treasure trove for historians, showing what life was like in the Roman empire of the first century A.D..
Both Pompeii and Herculaneum were grossly debauched cities. Found among the ruins of the cities were many vile statues, ornaments, decorations and murals depicting sexual orgies, sex with animals, homosexuality, and all manner of sexual immorality. These objects and paintings were located in very public places revealing the open and unabashed pursuit of hedonistic pleasure in these cities. That Saturn should be worshiped in these cities as the chief deity of the Romans reveals much about the character of the being represented by this idol. It was not long after the destruction of these cities that Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans. In his letter he made reference to the sexual deviancy that was common among Roman society.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
These words of Paul describe a Saturnian society. So closely associated was Rome with the worship of Saturn that the ancient writers Ovid, Pliny, and Aurelius Victor tell us the original name of Rome was Saturnia, “the City of Saturn.” Italy itself has long been renowned as “the Saturnian Land.” This veiled Saturn, the god whose worshipers are not permitted to disclose the truth of his being and his character openly, nor to give the true explanation of his rites and symbols, is none other than Satan. Are not the wicked fruits described by Paul in his letter to the Romans what one would expect to be associated with a people who have given themselves over to the worship of Satan, the adversary of Yahweh and of all that is holy and good?
Alexander Hislop, in his valuable writing titled The Two Babylons, traces the worship of Saturn from Rome back to the Chaldeans in the land of Babylon. The “mystery” religion of Babylon was carried to Italy and Rome where it flourished once more.
On the Capitoline hill, so famed in after-days as the great high place of Roman worship, Saturnia, or the city of Saturn, the great Chaldean god had in the days of dim and distant antiquity been erected. Some revolution had then taken place – the graven images of Babylon had been abolished – the erecting of any idol had been sternly prohibited,* and when the twin founders of the now world-renowned city reared its humble walls, the city and the palace of their Babylonian predecessor had long lain in ruins.
* PLUTARCH (in Hist. Numoe) states, that Numa forbade the making of images, and that for 170 years after the founding of Rome, no images were allowed in the Roman temples…
The deadly wound, however, thus given to the Chaldean system, was destined to be healed. A colony of Etruscans, earnestly attached to the Chaldean idolatry, had migrated, some say from Asia Minor, others from Greece, and settled in the immediate neighborhood of Rome. They were ultimately incorporated in the Roman state, but long before this political union took place they exercised the most powerful influence on the religion of the Romans. From the very first their skill in augury, soothsaying, and all science, real or pretended, that the augurs or soothsayers monopolized, made the Romans look up to them with respect. It is admitted on all hands that the Romans derived their knowledge of augury, which occupied so prominent a place in every public transaction in which they engaged, chiefly from the Tuscans, that is, the people of Etruria, and at first none but natives of that country were permitted to exercise the office of a Haruspex, which had respect to all the rites essentially involved in sacrifice.
Wars and disputes arose between Rome and the Etruscans; but still the highest of the noble youths of Rome were sent to Etruria to be instructed in the sacred science which flourished there. The consequence was, that under the influence of men whose minds were molded by those who clung to the ancient idol-worship, the Romans were brought back again to much of that idolatry which they had formerly repudiated and cast off. Though Numa, therefore, in setting up his religious system, so far deferred to the prevailing feeling of his day and forbade image-worship, yet in consequence of the alliance subsisting between Rome and Etruria in sacred things, matters were put in train for the ultimate subversion of that prohibition. The college of Pontiffs, of which he laid the foundation, in process of time came to be substantially an Etruscan college, and the Sovereign Pontiff that presided over that college, and that controlled all the public and private religious rites of the Roman people in all essential respects, became in spirit and in practice an Etruscan Pontiff.
Still the Sovereign Pontiff of Rome, even after the Etruscan idolatry was absorbed into the Roman system, was only an offshoot from the grand original Babylonian system. He was a devoted worshiper of the Babylonian god; but he was not the legitimate representative of that God. The true legitimate Babylonian Pontiff had his seat beyond the bounds of the Roman empire. That seat, after the death of Belshazzar, and the expulsion of the Chaldean priesthood from Babylon by the Medo-Persian kings, was at Pergamos, where afterwards was one of the seven churches of Asia. There, in consequence, for many centuries was “Satan’s seat” (Rev 2:13). There, under favor of the deified kings of Pergamos, was his favorite abode, there was the worship of Aesculapius, under the form of the serpent, celebrated with frantic orgies and excesses, that elsewhere were kept under some measure of restraint…
Saturn and Mystery are both Chaldean words, and they are correlative terms. As Mystery signifies the Hidden system, so Saturn signifies the Hidden god…
To those who were initiated the god was revealed; to all else he was hidden. Now, the name Saturn in Chaldee is pronounced Satur; but, as every Chaldee scholar knows, consists only of four letters, thus – Stur. This name contains exactly the Apocalyptic number 666:–
S = 060
T = 400
U = 006
R = 200
But what bearing, it may be said, has this upon the name “Lateinos,” which is commonly believed to be the “name of the beast”?… On etymological grounds, then, even on the testimony of the Romans, Lateinos is equivalent to the “Hidden One”; that is, to Saturn, the “god of Mystery.”
[Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons]
The relief pictured above is found in the Louvre in Paris. It is dated to the first century A.D. in Rome. Two of the cherubim can be seen carrying the sickle of Saturn. That the throne is veiled, once more points to the veiled and secret nature of the worship of this deity. It was not disclosed openly that it was Satan who was being worshiped. Legends promoting an alternate identity and character of the chief god of the Romans under the name of Saturn served to obscure the truth of the Satanic worship to all but the advanced devotees of this fallen angel. Let us recap what Alexander Hislop has disclosed regarding the “Hidden One,” while adding further information.
The present city of Rome was founded in the year 753 B.C.. This was approximately the time in which the northern ten tribes of Israel were conquered and carried into captivity to Assyria and about 150 years prior to the time Judah was carried captive into Babylon. It is not to be supposed that the territory of Rome was uninhabited prior to 753 B.C.. For many centuries prior to Rome’s founding the land now recognized as Italy had been occupied by various peoples.
The historic center of the city of Rome was constructed around Capitoline Hill. It is here that numerous temples and political and civic buildings were constructed. This area was known as the Forum Magnum, commonly referred to today as the Roman Forum. It was the center of public life.
The second building from the lower left in the image above is the temple of Saturn. It held a prominent position in this hub of Roman public life. Hislop informs us that in the centuries before Rome was founded, before the Forum was constructed, this same location served as a place for the worship of Babylonian deities. At some point the Babylonian worship was overthrown, and the ancient city and palace had fallen into ruins. It was upon these ruins that Rome arose. The Phoenix rising from the ashes of its own immolation is an apt analogy for the resurrection of the old Chaldean worship in the newly founded city of Rome/Saturnia.
The Etruscan people carried forward the ancient Babylonian worship. They migrated to northern Italy and held much influence over the territory surrounding Rome. Although the Romans held political power, the Etruscans wielded the religious power. Ultimately, Rome adopted the old Babylonian mystery religion that was kept alive by the Etruscans. Numa, the second king of Rome, laid the foundations for the College of Pontiffs. This religious body was the equivalent of the priesthood of Israel. The Sovereign Pontiff, or Pontifex Maximus, was similar to the Jewish High Priest. The word “Pontiff” is believed to mean “bridge builder.” The English word “pontoon” and its association with bridging bodies of water, is derived from the same root word. The word Pontiff may be related to the idea of the priest serving as a bridge between mankind and the deity.
For 500 years, half of a millennia, the College of Pontiffs were the priests of the pagan mystery religion of Rome. Only after the birth of the church in the first century A.D. was the term “Pontiff” applied to a Christian religious leader. As Christianity spread to the region of Rome the influence of pagan religion began to influence and subvert the purity of the apostolic faith. One of the earliest known references to a Christian church leader being called “Pontifex Maximus” was in the early church father Tertullian’s writing in which he reproves Calistus who is the “bishop of bishops” of the Christian church in Rome. The Roman Catholics consider Calistus to be the 16th Pope in a line of succession that began with the apostle Peter.
In opposition to this [modesty], could I not have acted the dissembler? I hear that there has even been an edict sent forth, and a peremptory one too. The ‘Pontifex Maximus,’ that is the ‘bishop of bishops,’ issues an edict: ‘I remit, to such as have discharged [the requirements of] repentance, the sins both of adultery and of fornication.’ O edict, on which cannot be inscribed, ‘Good deed!’ …Far, far from Christ’s betrothed be such a proclamation!
[On Modesty 1, Ante-Nicene Fathers IV:74]
Tertullian may have been writing facetiously when he referred to Calistus as the “Pontifex Maximus,” for this title was given to the Emperor of Rome who was the de facto head of the College of Pontiffs. It would not be until Constantine the Great, ruler of Rome from 306-337 A.D. that an Emperor would declare himself to be a Christian, and the official religion of Rome to be Christianity. Consequently, the title of Pontifex Maximus was not officially applied to a “Christian” ruler until Constantine’s reign. The early church fathers of Tertullian’s day recognized the Pontifex Maximus as the evil high priest of a profane and idolatrous religion. They referred to the Pontifex Maximus as “the king of heathendom.” This title which from antiquity was assigned to the top religious leader of the Roman mystery religion is now borne by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. All of the costumes, rites, symbols, holidays, and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church which are such a departure from the pure apostolic faith of the early church, are elements carried over from the ancient mystery religion, the worship of Satan, which began in Babylon.
Hislop relates that although Rome became a renowned center of Satan worship under the guise of worshiping Saturn, the true seat of Satan was in Pergamon. This fact is attested to in the Bible as Christ is addressing the church residing in that city.
“I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.”
Pergamon is a city in Turkey, the land where many historians believe the Etruscans lived before they migrated to Northern Italy. In Pergamon was a famous altar built atop a hill overlooking the surrounding land. It was built in the 2nd century B.C.. The altar fell into ruins until the German engineer Carl Humann began excavating the site in 1878. The excavation continued until 1886. The Germans were particularly interested in recovering the images adorning the frieze at the base of the altar. It was agreed that the recovered panels would become the property of the Germans and they were transported to Berlin where the west front of the altar was reconstructed and the frieze restored.
This being the main altar and religious shrine from the ancient city of Pergamon, many people equate it with “Satan’s Throne,” spoken of in the book of Revelation. It was considered an ill omen when the stage for the Democratic Convention held in Denver, Colorado in 2008 was designed as a temple bearing a striking resemblance to the Pergamon Altar. It was here, in this “high place” that Barack Obama received the Democratic nomination for President.
What we are observing in society is an increasing externalization of Satan worship. The introduction of Satanic elements into Christianity and Judaism is hardly less subtle, though it goes unnoticed by the masses of professing believers. As mentioned in the previous chapter, Hanukkah has adopted wholesale much of the Roman Saturnalia. The Saturnalia was held on the date of the dedication of the Temple of Saturn in Rome in 497 B.C.. If Hanukkah actually refers to the re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the Greeks had defiled it, why is it not called “The Feast of Re-Dedication.” Why does it bear the name “The Feast of Dedication,” a title which hearkens back to the founding of the Temple of Saturn? Why is Hanukkah also called The Festival of Lights, a name by which Saturnalia was also known, as Macrobius informs us? Why is Hanukkah observed with the lighting of candles, the exchange of dreidels, and the eating of oily foods, all of which are traceable back to the idolatrous celebration of Saturn?
Those who are determined to continue to observe this eight day “Jewish” festival will inevitably cite the common legends associated with Hanukkah. They are unwilling to acknowledge that they are merely repeating the “false explanations and misinterpretations” that Satan and his disciples use “to mislead those who deserve only to be misled.” They are engaging in the “hidden” worship of Satan. They are partaking of the “mysteries” which originated in Babylon while not understanding the truth of the symbols and rites they have adopted.
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